Portrait Flory Kern
“Skiing on the outer Edges of the world”
It can be assumed that on 25th of december 1969 it snowed heavily… it was the date of birth of Flory Kern, adventurer and freeriding professionel. He could hardly walk, when he first started skiing. During his childhood the first snowflakes were heaven for him: the heralds of the coming winter.
“Success is, what happens, when you follow yourself…” according to this motto Flory lives his passion. Very early he took place in the local slalom races. When he was 17, its passion for skiing took him to New Zealand, where he discovered his true love: the mogul slopes. Now there was no way to stop him: only two years later he won the overall ranking of the Germany Cup.
Hard training and dedication brought him all the way up into the World Cup. But after seven years of competition, it was enough. Flory found a way to combine his desire of freedem and his passion for skiing: he spent eight winters in the valley of Chamonix. There he does, what he does best: he skis in extreme spots and in extreme ways, always “on the outer edges”. That way during the last years he skied quite a number of north faces that are known as even quite challenging spots for mountaineers. But for Flory it doesn’t need to be ever steeper and steeper: Flory also sets high value on spirit and style and to draw interesting curves in high speed.
In the meantime Flory has moved his “base camp” back into the Black Forest where he lives with his two children, Colin and Tia, and his wife Dagmar.
The mountains of the whole world lure him to ever new adventures: with his skis he has been standing on the southern-most six-thousand-metres high mountain, the Marmolejo in the Chilean Andes and on many summits of the wild Kaukasus. Sure enough, well-known fotographers have become aware of him. Breath-taking skiing videos and foto documentations have been taken of Flory’s actions and ski-runs.
Have you become curious? Flory loves to share his world with others – as a state-approved mountain and skiing guide he is leading the mountain school and tour operator Flory Kern Ski Berge Abenteuer (www.flory-kern.de). During the last years he has concentrated on the freeskiing trend and organises freeride, heliski, skitouring and mountain bike camps and trips in the top spots in the Alps as well as in remote mountain regions in Russia, Kirgistan, India, South America or elsewhere.
For those who prefer to get the experience from within a safe distance, there is the opportunity to do so at one of Flory’s spectacular multivision shows, that tell about the adventures and impressions of his trips.